Archive for May, 2011

Bout Six: Salty Dolls vs Mile Die Club

May 29th, 2011

The sixth and final bout in Adelaide Roller Derby’s fourth season promised to be an interesting affair – the match up of old favourites, the hot-to-trot Salty Dolls and the blood hungry Mile Die Club. With the Salty Dolls already having two wins under their waistbands they were assured a place in the Grand Final against the Road Train Rollers – all that was left on the table was pride, which makes for some very hungry rollergirls.

The bout started to the overture of a sellout crowd with each team playing safe, smart derby. The very first jam proved to be indicative of the night when D’juana Fightme burst through the pack, only to have Kap’n Kaos hot on her heels – many of the following jams played out with both jammers battling for one or two points. The points popped onto the board slowly, despite some fast feet from the likes of Pistola Balboa, Kissy Suzuki, Blue Wrenegade and Gateway Girl, who gets a notable mention of her own for laying out a few whilst wearing the star! Rolla Junky, Jetfire and Hell Grazer were working hard in the pack, but the time spent in the box was weighing on Mile Die shoulders. Mid-way through the first half, the Salties were back on song, with some great work in the pack by BamBam Belial and Coconut Rough helping the Salties edge away. The score sat at 36-19 going into the seventeenth jam and the Mile Die Club let loose with some moments of brilliance. Bone Shaker and Kissy Suzuki were up to jam, and Kissy was sent to the box, giving Bones the power jam and spurring the Mile Die Club into action. Some beautiful slow pack work and the mad skating skills of Bones gave the Mile Die Club a double grand slam. This was shortly followed by a grand slam from Mile Die captain Raw Dog, to leave the Mile Die Club within 10 points of the Salties at the half-time break.

The Mile Die Club started strong in the second period, with some solid jamming by Rolla Junky and, despite a killer block by Radical Edward, Junky called it for 48-41. This was short lived as the Salties kicked into gear in the second jam, taking advantage of their own power jam and slowly eating away at the score line. A nasty hit to debut jammer Sneaker Streaker in the sixth jam seemed to light a fire under the Salties, with Moe Skeeto and Kissy Suzuki stepping up the intensity in the pack. With ten minutes remaining in the game, the score had widened to 79-49, and it seemed the Salties were wearing the Dies down. Melvin Star was ejected shortly afterwards, and promptly escorted to the ADRD area by the debonair Mr Hot Rod, who was clad in tails. Never one to be outdone, Hell Grazer followed suit a few minutes later! Jam fifteen saw the Mile Die Club fire up again, with some smart slow pack work and jammer blocking giving Boneshaker the opportunity for yet another double grand slam, taking the score back to a twenty point deficit at 79-59. For a second, it looked like there may be a glimmer of hope, but the Salties were on a roll. Between some quick feet, brilliant blocking and a potentially concussed D’juana Fightme, the Salties came through to take their third bout at 87-69, as well as the title of undefeated throughout the season. [Tricksey Belt'em]

Check out the bout photos, and be sure to buy tickets for the final  installment of the ADRD season – THE ADRD GRAND FINAL DOUBLE HEADER! SUNDAY JULY 17 at the Adelaide Showground, tickets available from Oztix – get them now, this will sell out!

Bout Five: Wild Hearses vs Road Train Rollers

May 26th, 2011

 

Bout five delivered the long anticipated rematch of last season’s grand final with the Wild Hearses facing off against the 2010 champions, the Road Train Rollers. This was always going to be a cracker of a game, but with victory securing the chance to duke it out with the Salty Dolls for the glory of 2011 champions, this was never going to be anything less than a hard-fought battle of “ovaries-to-the-wall” derby.

The Roadies came out of the box strong and tore away to an early lead in the first half, taking the first two jams with an unanswered 8 points; however it didn’t take the Hearses long to fire up and get into the game. A triple grand slam to Fury of Fenrir rocketed the Hearses to the lead and from there they didn’t look back. Both teams displayed strong pack work, skilfully holding opposing jammers behind impenetrable walls or speeding up and slowing down the pack to maximise each situation to their advantage. The number of zero point jams was a testament the effectiveness of each team in the pack and how hard the jammers had to work for every single point. Once in their grasp the Hearses never relinquished the lead, however the Roadies tenaciously chipped away at it. When the final whistle for the first half was blown a mere ten points separated these two fiercely competitive teams, 44 WH – 34 RTR.

Both teams bounded into the second half with steely-eyed determination and bone-crunching blocks, but it was the Hearses who initially made their mark and furthered their lead. However, consistent, ferocious hard work from the Roadies eventually paid off, seeing them level the score at 66 points apiece with less than four minutes left on the clock. Not long after, a trip to the penalty box by the Hearses’ jammer, Pixie Pincher gave the Roadies the opportunity they had been waiting for. Roadie jammer Killakaze capitalised on it, scoring 5 points, taking her team to their first lead since the very start of the bout. The Roadies continued to push out their lead but with the scores at 73 – 66 going into the final jam, the Hearses were still in with a fighting chance. Barrelhouse Bessy and Whimsicle Mimsicle lined up in this last do-or-die jam. Despite the valiant efforts of the Hearses, the Roadies’ front wall proved too strong, holding back an exhausted Bessy and allowing Mims to score a further 4 points and secure victory for the Roadies. Final bout score 77 RTR – 68 WH. [Slinky Malinky]

Check out the bout gallery! Next bout Saturday June 4 @ the Adelaide Showgrounds – tickets available now!

Bout Four: Road Train Rollers vs Salty Dolls

May 11th, 2011

One of the most highly anticipated bouts of the season saw the newly revved up Salty Dolls take on last year’s champions the Road Train Rollers. Those familiar with the two teams expected a close bout – but no one could have predicted just how tit for tat this game would be.

Through play after play, the Salties battled the Roadies to gain lead. Where one jam would see the Roadies in front by 2 points, the next would have the Salties tackling back a one point advantage. Time after time, those Roadies and Salty jammers took to the track to muscle their way through the tight blocking packs that are characterizing ADRD game play this season. But faced with those infamous Salty front walls, the Roadies were slowly pushed further and further back as they faced the mighty power of legendary jammers D’Juana Fightme and Coconut Rough. With some stellar performances by this year’s freshies, the Roadies and Salties delivered what surely has to have been the most exciting game of the season so far. The Salties’ Blue Wrenegade was on fire on the track, receiving the accolades and adoration of the crowd even after being ejected for accruing too many penalties. Indeed, this was a penalty heavy game, with the Roadies Violent Krumble also being ejected after one too many trips to the sin bin.

With a stellar 14-point jam from D’Juana Fightme against the Roadies first time jamming firecracker Lady Cadaver, the Salties pulled their way to the front and never relinquished that lead. As the crowd went wild, the buzzer heralded the final result – last year’s season 4 holder the Salty Dolls had beaten last year’s season champions the Road Train Rollers, 83-99. [Champion Ruby]

Check out the bout photos, and buy your tickets for bout five – a repeat of last year’s Grand Final! May 22 sees the Wild Hearses take on the mighty Road Train Rollers at the Adelaide Showground from 2pm. Will those dead girls rise up to wreak zombie havoc on everyone’s favourite truck stop ladies? Or will the Roadies put those gals back in the ground where they belong? Be there to find out!